Furstenburg, Dorsey received more looks against West Virginia


Maryland tight end Matt Furstenburg showed off his guns last season, and is slowly showing off more of his pass-catching skills this season. (Toni L. Sandys/The Washington Post)

Edsall predicted that the two seniors would receive more looks moving forward. The result? Furstenburg had four catches for 65 yards on Saturday against West Virginia, his most productive outing since a five-catch, 104-yard effort against Clemson on Oct. 15, 2011. Dorsey finished with three catches for a season-high 31 yards, doubling his reception total with a performance that included receptions of 13 and 15 yards. He also was targeted three additional times.

“It just so happened that we saw some things this week, how they played certain sets, what they did, that those guys could get involved a little more, maybe than they had previously,” Edsall said. “They’re dependable guys, made some good catches and yards after the catch. The more we can spread the ball around, the better we’ll be.”

With quarterback Perry Hills turning in a career-high 305 yards against the Mountaineers, Furstenburg became the beneficiary of bubble and jailbreak screens, plays that had gotten blown up in weeks past. After West Virginia brought the house on blitzes, the tight end found himself with open-field space.


Maryland wide receiver Kevin Dorsey went airborne against Connecticut. (Patrick Semansky/AP)

“Stefon has a chance to really make some things happen, and Marcus, when he stays focused, he’s go the ability to do some really good things,” Edsall said. “Matt and Kevin, that’s the one thing, the more we can get involved, the better we’re going to be.

“Some things will happen, Stefon makes some of those plays, some things will happen where it’ll direct more people to Stefon and open things up for those guys. It was good to have them make those catches and be as productive as they were.”

Alex Prewitt covers the Washington Capitals. Follow him on Twitter @alex_prewitt or email him at alex.prewitt@washpost.com.

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